Sailing School "Plonker" Update

The "Plonkers" who have been featured on the site last year are in fact not "Bloody Plonkers" anymore but experienced and accomplished cruisers and here's an update on their status. 

CONGRATULATIONS! The "Miradors", George and Sarah have just recently sold their house in Virginia which was the trigger for them to retire. It came as a bit of a shck to them but George did not miss a beat He quickly wrapped his very "cushy" job while Sarah sold, packed, stored and gave away as many possessions as she could in minimum time. She did "somewhat prepare" for this day when she started minimizing the clutter in their home during the previous year, so it may not have been quite as harrowing as it could have been.

However, speaking from experience, one always have a lot more stuff than one realizes and tying up the "loose ends" could be overwhelming. Forwarding mail, sorting out finances, notifying all of change of address, change drivers licences and of course saying one's goodbyes. Setting a time line of when this should be accomplished is thus the best way to deal with this situation which is exactly what they did. They are live-aboards as of January 15th in a very cold Virginia...possibly not the best time of year to be holed up on a boat but they are exited!

These two "wanderlusters" however, are not just moving onto their boat to go cruising, they will also take a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia in April then graduation for their daughter in may and Italy in September. They will be back on their catamaran to start the cruising season in the Chesapeak and possibly get ready to do the Caribbean 1500 to the Bahamas! We love their sense of adventure and wish them the very best. We will check in on them periodically to see how they are doing.

The "Awesprays", Don and Lynda are on route to the Bahamas right now. They started off in Canada, where they now reside part of the year after they retired a few years back. These two are doing the "pioneer" thing in the Canadian wilderness...growing vegetables, catching fish, hunting, and improving the cabin and land they had bought many years ago on a lake.  

Awespray was ready to return to the ocean after a blissfull summer in the sweet water of the lake in Canada and Don and Lynda got ready to set sail before the brutal Canadian winter weather set in. They decided to follow the Great Circle route through the great lakes, down the Mississippi river and along the Gulf Coast to the Bahamas. Their lives on the catamaran had been one of discovery and learning and their adventures are entertaining and often times quite funny. They also managed to help other "distressed" yachties with sound advise and macgyver-like actions which just shows us how far they have come...maybe we can update their status to not so Plonkerish? 

We will have the pleasure of their company in Fort Lauderdale soon and will no doubt have a lot to report on! 

dave peggy fountaine pajot 42 simplicity ownersThe "Simplicities", Dave and Peggy as you may recall from their blog, holed up in Beaufort, South Carolina for the summer after their stint in the Bahamas on their catamaran. From there they did a road trip, visiting friends on the way to Washington state where they met up with their family. They both fell in love with the area and after some serious thinking and agonizing they decided to suspend the sailing adventure and move on to adventures on the land in and around Seattle where they would be closer to their family.

Much to their surprise they sold the boat almost instantly through our catamaran brokerage and got close to asking price! They promptly returned to Simplicity to pack up their belongings and with their U-haul, car and trailer, worked their way west again. They are currently housesitting for their son, James, and his wife, Jennifer, who are both deployed in the military for the next 6 months. CATAMARAN GURU AND ALL OUR READERS AND FRIENDS SALUTE THEM AND THANK THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE!

Dave and Peggy are not totally sure where the next adventure will take them but they are ready for whatever will come their way. We salute them for at least trying the sailing lifestyle. So many people dream and talk about doing it but few actually "take the plunge" or let the lines go. The "Simplicities" will never have to say: "...what if...". Captain Dave, a former Coast Guard captain, will miss the ocean but he will be happier with the love of his life on the beach! We wish them well and and this will not be the last we hear from them. 

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